Janet Napolitano Enlists Wal-Mart To Watch You

Janet Napolitano Enlists Wal-Mart To Watch You

They that can give up essential liberty to obtain a little temporary safety deserve neither safety nor liberty. – Ben Franklin

When the Secretary of DHS furthers the development of the tattle-tail program, (with our money, of course), in order to “report indicators of terrorism, crime and other threats to law enforcement authorities.””, one knows that the continued existence of ‘the state‘ is of the utmost importance and you frakkin’ moos can just go somewhere and die (preferably quickly and cheaply).

Welcome to 1939 Nazi Germany 2.0, with the added twist of America always going the extra mile with style on any project (though Janet has none personally).

Press Office
U.S. Department of Homeland Security
Dec. 6, 2010

BIG SIS INVADES WAL-MART: ‘IF YOU SEE SOMETHING, SAY SOMETHING’

WASHINGTON — Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Secretary Janet Napolitano today announced the expansion of the Department’s national “If You See Something, Say Something” campaign to hundreds of Walmart stores across the country—launching a new partnership between DHS and Walmart to help the American public play an active role in ensuring the safety and security of our nation.

“Homeland security starts with hometown security, and each of us plays a critical role in keeping our country and communities safe,” said Secretary Napolitano. “I applaud Walmart for joining the ‘If You See Something, Say Something’ campaign. This partnership will help millions of shoppers across the nation identify and report indicators of terrorism, crime and other threats to law enforcement authorities.”

The “If You See Something, Say Something” campaign—originally implemented by New York City’s Metropolitan Transportation Authority and funded, in part, by $13 million from DHS’ Transit Security Grant Program—is a simple and effective program to engage the public and key frontline employees to identify and report indicators of terrorism, crime and other threats to the proper transportation and law enforcement authorities.

More than 230 Walmart stores nationwide launched the “If You See Something, Say Something” campaign today, with a total of 588 Walmart stores in 27 states joining in the coming weeks. A short video message, available here, will play at select checkout locations to remind shoppers to contact local law enforcement to report suspicious activity.

Over the past five months, DHS has worked with its federal, state, local and private sector partners, as well as the Department of Justice, to expand the “If You See Something, Say Something” campaign and Nationwide SAR Initiative to communities throughout the country—including the recent state-wide expansions of the “If You See Something, Say Something” campaign across Minnesota and New Jersey. Partners include the Mall of America, the American Hotel & Lodging Association, Amtrak, the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority, sports and general aviation industries, and state and local fusion centers across the country.

In the coming months, the Department will continue to expand the “If You See Something, Say Something” campaign nationally with public education materials and outreach tools designed to help America’s businesses, communities and citizens remain vigilant and play an active role in keeping the county safe.

My family started boycotting Wal-Mart two weeks ago (that’s another story), but this is definitely the last straw. Americans needs to send a message to companies that rollover for the fascists in our federal government and peacefully withdraw monetary compensation.  This includes the big banks, big IT like Google and Facebook, and corporate monsters like Wal-Mart.  Americans acting in unison can force companies and even the federal government to ‘straighten up and fly right’.  Starving the beasts is the only way to turn this ship of state away from the icebergs.

British Lead Tyranny Movement With Digital Economy Bill

British Lead Tyranny Movement With Digital Economy Bill

Did we or did we NOT fight a revolution to free ourselves from British tyranny?  One would not think so considering how our past and current administrations are following Windsor Castle, the Palace of Westminster and 10 Downing Street.  Did we or did we not build a nation that was stronger and more resilient than England, and why would we even be considering their thought processes to be better than ours?  Ready for the next installment in “we need to be more like Europe”?  Let us all see how long it takes to reach our shores…

YouTube ‘under threat’ from Digital Economy Bill changes

The High Court could be given the power to issue an injunction against a website accused of hosting “substantial” amounts of copyright-infringing material, under amendments to the Digital Economy Bill proposed by the Liberal Democrats.

It means popular websites, such as YouTube, which often unwittingly carry content uploaded without the permission of copyright holders, could be “blocked” or forced offline if the amendment is upheld.

The Digital Economy Bill was announced in the Queen’s speech in November, with a major section dedicated to how best to deal with illegal file sharing.

The Bill, currently in the report stage at the House of Lords before its third reading in the Commons, proposes a solution of several steps, which begins with a warning letter sent to those illegally downloading from their internet service provider and could end with the internet connection being temporarily suspended.

Internet freedom campaigners have reacted with dismay to the proposed changes to the Bill. Jim Killock, executive director of the Open Rights Group, warned many websites could be forced offline simply by the prospect of expensive legal proceedings.

He said: “Individuals and small businesses would be open to massive ‘copyright attacks’ that could shut them down, just by the threat of action.”

The Internet Service Providers Association, which represents ISPs, said it was “outraged” by the plans, while TalkTalk said the plans would force ISPs to restrict access to specific sites.

“Currently we do restrict access to a few sites but only in the most serious cases, for instance those involving child pornography or issues of national security,” said Andrew Heaney, executive director of strategy and reputation at TalkTalk. “It’s hard to see how copyright infringement warrants the same draconian response.

“More to the point, making the restriction of websites a more widespread policy would be dangerous given its major impact on internet users’ human rights, freedom of expression and privacy. We fear it could also be a backdoor to censorship of the internet.”

Lord Clement-Jones, the Liberal Democrat peer who tabled the amendment, said the changes would be welcomed by content creators. “I believe this is going to send a powerful message to our creative industries that we value what they do, that we want to protect what they do, that we do not believe in censoring the internet, but we are responding to genuine concerns,” he said.

Google, which owns YouTube, said it was considering the implications of the amendment.

Google Has It’s Eye On You Via Expanded Tracking

Monster readers know that Google is a corporate member of the Council on Foreign Relations (who is no friend to Constitutional Americans), therefore, will not find the following tidbit of information surprising.

Google expands tracking to logged out users

Anyone who’s a regular Google search user will know that the only way to avoid the company tracking your online activities is to log out of Gmail or whatever Google account you use. Not any more.

As of last Friday, even searchers who aren’t logged into Google in any way have their data tracked in the name of providing a ‘better service’.

Anonymous cookie

The company explained: “What we’re doing today is expanding Personalized Search so that we can provide it to signed-out users as well. This addition enables us to customise search results for you based upon 180 days of search activity linked to an anonymous cookie in your browser.”

However, if you’ve previously been a fan of the log-out method to avoid being tracked, there’s still the option to disable the cookie by clicking a link at the top right of a search results page.

I use Scroogle and IxQuick.

(H/T Brian)

If Google Says So…Then It Must Be True…

If Google Says So…Then It Must Be True…

usamgooObviously Larry Summers has been smokin’ the same koolaid/crack pipe that most of congress has not taken a break from since the Fascist-In-Charge, (31 czars and counting), was installed in our White House.

Since when does anybody think that Google is the barometer of economic or any other success?  Larry, how dumb do you think we are?  Stop pretending to be stupid, we know you are not.  Also, keep talking down to us and find out where that gets you…

Larry Summers cites Google search as progress

Of all the statistics pouring into the White House every day, top economic adviser Larry Summers highlighted one Friday to make his case that the economic free-fall has ended.

The number of people searching for the term “economic depression” on Google is down to normal levels, Summers said.

Searches for the term were up four-fold when the recession deepened in the earlier part of the year, and the recent shift goes to show consumer confidence is higher, Summers told the Peterson Institute for International Economics.

Summers continued the administration’s push-back against critics of President Barack Obama’s handling of the recession, defending the economic stimulus package against Republicans who have tried to paint the program as a failure because it hasn’t stemmed the unemployment rate.

“We pledged at the time the Recovery Act became law that some of the spending and tax effects would begin almost immediately.,” Summers said in prepared remarks. “We also noted that the impact of the Recovery Act would build up over time, peaking during 2010 with about 70 percent of the total stimulus provided in the first 18 months. Now, five months after the passage, we are on track to meet that timeline. “

And for those of you that want a primer on Larry Summers, try these links out.  For those of you just catching up, make sure to look at the education and organizations and you will start to see the pattern the rest of us are completely and totally aware of, and go all the way to the end of this post for another story.  The corruption goes well beyond donkeys and elephants.

Lawrence H. Summers

Lawrence H. SummersAKA Lawrence Henry Summers

Born: 30-Nov1954
Birthplace: New Haven, CT

Gender: Male
Race or Ethnicity: White
Sexual orientation: Straight
Occupation: Economist
Party Affiliation: Democratic

Nationality: United States
Executive summary: US Treasury Secretary, 1999-2001

Father: Robert Summers (economics professor)
Mother: Anita A. Summers (public policy professor)
Wife: Victoria Summers (tax attorney, div.)
Son: Henry
Daughter: Pam (twin)
Daughter: Ruth (twin)
Wife: Elisa New (Harvard professor, m. 11-Dec-2005)

High School: Lower Merion High School, Ardmore, PA
University: BS, Massachusetts Institute of Technology (1975)
University: PhD Economics, Harvard University (1982)
Professor: Economics, Massachusetts Institute of Technology (1979-82)
Professor: Political Economy, Harvard University (1983-91)
Administrator: President, Harvard University (2001-06)

D. E. Shaw & Co. Managing Director (2006-)
US Secretary of the Treasury 2-Jul-1999 to 20-Jan-2001
World Bank Chief Economist (1991-99)
US Council of Economic Advisers Domestic Policy Economist (1982-83)
Bilderberg Group
Bretton Woods Committee
Brookings Institution
Center for Global Development Board of Directors
Council on Foreign Relations
Econometric Society Fellow (1985)
Group of Thirty
National Academy of Sciences 2002
Institute for International Economics Board of Directors
Obama for America
Partnership for Public Service Board of Governors
Trilateral Commission
John Bates Clark Medal

Author of books:
Understanding Unemployment (1990)
Reform in Eastern Europe (1991, with others)

Is Larry Summers Taking Kickbacks From the Banks He’s Bailing Out?

Why did Goldman Sachs, Citigroup and Morgan Stanley steer millions to a company Larry Summers directed while he administered “stress tests” on them?

Last month, a little-known company where Summers served on the board of directors received a $42 million investment from a group of investors, including three banks that Summers, Obama’s effective “economy czar,” has been doling out billions in bailout money to: Goldman Sachs, Citigroup, and Morgan Stanley. The banks invested into the small startup company, Revolution Money, right at the time when Summers was administering the “stress test” to these same banks.

A month after they invested in Summers’ former company, all three banks came out of the stress test much better than anyone expected — thanks to the fact that the banks themselves were allowed to help decide how bad their problems were (Citigroup “negotiated” down its financial hole from $35 billion to $5.5 billion.)

The fact that the banks invested in the company just a few months after Summers resigned suggests the appearance of corruption, because it suggests to other firms that if you hire Larry Summers onto your board, large banks will want to invest as a favor to a politically-connected director.

Last month, it was revealed that Summers, whom President Obama appointed to essentially run the economy from his perch in the National Economic Council, earned nearly $8 million in 2008 from Wall Street banks, some of which, like Goldman Sachs and Citigroup, were now receiving tens of billions of taxpayer funds from the same Larry Summers. It turns out now that those two banks have continued paying into Summers-related businesses.

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